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[fi-los-uh-fahyz] /fɪˈlɒs əˌfaɪz/
verb (used without object), philosophized, philosophizing.
to speculate or theorize, usually in a superficial or imprecise manner.
to think or reason as a philosopher.
Also, especially British, philosophise.
Origin of philosophize
First recorded in 1585-95; philosoph(y) + -ize
Related forms
philosophization, noun
philosophizer, noun
overphilosophize, verb (used without object), overphilosophized, overphilosophizing.
well-philosophized, adjective Unabridged
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  • As our philosophizing friend Zacheus is so fond of saying, I have 'all the time there is.'

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • After all Carl Ludwig offered him ample freedom in philosophizing.

  • After lunch I smoked for an hour, star-gazing and philosophizing.

  • You have just started to live and already you are philosophizing!

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • He recognized the agreeable, philosophizing voice with pleasure.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • The hour and the season were suggestive of philosophizing, of theories, and questions.

    Acadia Frederic S. Cozzens
  • To suppress the activity of philosophizing is as impossible as to suppress the activity of breathing.

    The Complex Vision John Cowper Powys
  • He began to talk again, philosophizing about life generally and his own life.

    The Golden House Charles Dudley Warner
  • I'm not philosophizing: I'm crying aloud the reason of my sufferings.

    Three Plays Luigi Pirandello
British Dictionary definitions for philosophizing


(intransitive) to make philosophical pronouncements and speculations
(transitive) to explain philosophically
Derived Forms
philosophization, philosophisation, noun
philosophizer, philosophiser, noun
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Word Origin and History for philosophizing



1590s, from philosophy + -ize. Related: Philosophized; philosophizing. The earlier verb was simply philosophy (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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